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Year in review: Top 25 posts of 2017

Posted: 4 January 2018 | Intelligent Transport | 1 comment

We’ve rung the changes in the last 12 months here at Intelligent Transport, bidding a fond farewell to the Eurotransport name, launching a brand new annual conference, and getting a fresh new look for our new technological focus.

Year in review: Top 25 posts of 2017

It was a year to remember for the public transport industry, too, with innovation reaching a tipping point that is set to make 2018 a year full of further technological disruption and development. Here, we take a look back at an exciting 2017 to review the posts that were most popular among our readers.

On behalf of everyone at Intelligent Transport, we wish you a happy, healthy 2018, and look forward to a new year of exciting developments within public transport.


Whim Unlimited launches to offer passengers limitless public transport

25. Whim Unlimited launches to offer passengers limitless public transport

Mobility-as-a-Service app Whim made public transit easier by introducing an updated subscription service that offers users unlimited transport on a monthly basis in Helsinki.

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TfL with Facebook24. Transport for London launches new digital travel assistant with Facebook

The social media tool, which is powered by artificial intelligence, can ‘chat’ with customers using Facebook Messenger and instantly tell them when their bus will arrive, provide service updates and Tube maps. The TravelBot can also link direct to a customer service agent, making customer service queries easier than ever.

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23. National Express buses go contactless

National Express West Midlands bus passengers were able to pay by contactless for the first time in a new trial in Birmingham.

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Laying the foundations for MTR Corporation’s Australian expansion

22. Recent milestones lay the foundations for MTR Corporation’s Australian expansion

Terry Wong, Deputy Director of Australian Business at MTR Corporation spoke to Intelligent Transport about what the company is doing to expand and upgrade Australia’s metro services.

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autonomous-vehicles21. Public sector automation: who is driving the transport revolution?

Connected and autonomous vehicle technology is set to take another leap forward in the UK, following a series of recent government funding announcements. The experts at TRL, the global centre for innovation in transport and mobility, are involved in many project consortia. In this article for Intelligent Transport, TRL Chief Scientist, Alan Stevens, outlined three key areas for successful automation in public transport.

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Belgian cities of Charleroi and Namur order 90 electric buses and 12 charging stations

20. Charleroi and Namur order 90 electric hybrid buses and 12 charging stations

Public transport operator TEC Group ordered 90 electric hybrid buses and 12 charging solutions for Charleroi and Namur.

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19. Introducing the world’s first completely unattended public autonomous vehicle

Announced in 2017, this year will see 2getthere’s ParkShuttle in the city of Capelle aan den Ijssel in the Netherlands transformed into the world’s first unattended autonomous system operating on public roads.

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Lothian Buses selects Nevis Technologies as its smart ticketing partner

18. Lothian Buses selects Nevis Technologies as its smart ticketing partner

Nevis Technologies announced that it will deliver its smart ticketing solutions to Lothian Buses, the UK’s largest publicly owned bus company.

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17. Testing begins on the UK’s first Tram Train

Ahead of passenger services that start this year, testing begun on the UK’s first Tram Train vehicles on South Yorkshire’s Supertram system.

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How TfL uses ‘big data’ to plan transport services

16. How TfL uses ‘big data’ to plan transport services

Lauren Sager Weinstein, Head of Analytics at Transport for London (TfL), has responsibility for the analysis of customer data, supporting operational and planning areas in delivery of services to TfL’s customers. London is a growing city; more than 31 million journeys are made in the capital each day, 23 per cent more than 15 years ago. Trains on one of the busiest underground lines, the Victoria line, carry thousands of commuters at a rate of one every 100 seconds during the morning peak. As Lauren explained to Intelligent Transport, it’s only natural that the data that TfL has access to is big as well.

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Mauritius Metro Express Project contract awarded

15. Mauritius Metro Express Project contract awarded

An Rs 18.8 billion contract to design and construct the Metro Express Project in Mauritius has been signed between the government and Larsen & Toubro.

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14. How Cambridge is putting the ‘smart’ in smart cities

With Cambridge today launching the first phase of its cutting-edge Intelligent City Platform (iCP), we delved deeper into what makes a city ‘smart’ in regards to transportation, and what the city of Cambridge is implementing to make sure it’s at the forefront of said technologies.

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Intelligent Transport Conference 2017: top five lessons for urban transport

13. Intelligent Transport Conference 2017: top five lessons for urban transport

After our successful event in London, we looked at the top five lessons to be learnt by the urban transport industry.

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12. Siemens to acquire public transport software solutions company

Siemens announced plans to acquire HaCon – a software solutions provider of planning, scheduling and information systems for public transportation.

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11. Go-Ahead launched contactless payments in Oxford

Go-Ahead started accepting contactless payments at its Oxford division, comprising Oxford Bus Company, Thames Travel and Carousel Buses.

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passenger experience

10. Revolutionising passenger experience with Mobility-as-a-Service

Sampo Hietanen, CEO and founder of MaaS Global spoke to Intelligent Transport about Mobility-as-a-Service, explaining what it can currently do to enhance passenger experience, including discussion of Whim, and what we can expect from MaaS in the future.

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Kontron webinar Lora hero image

9. LoRa wireless connectivity helps operators in transportation

Improving passenger experience and predicting operational issues in vehicles with sensors are major goals for transportation operators. New technology in the low power wireless domain can help. A single LoRa low power wireless gateway can cover a whole train and dispatch sensor data to the cloud for real-time analytics.

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New Mobility as a Service app launched in the US named Switch

8. New Mobility-as-a-Service app launched in the US

Switch Mobility announced the launch of its dynamic Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) app ‘Switch’ which provides passengers instant access to virtually every kind of public transport service.

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webinar simpleway intermodal travel experience

7. How to design a perfect intermodal travel experience

Today, more and more onus is on governments to provide seamless intermodal travel for their citizens. With increased transport options comes greater need for instant data exchange between transportation authorities providing the would-be passenger with the right information in the right place in the right time. This webinar discusses the key challenges in providing a seamless intermodal travel scenario and provide answers how to address these challenges.

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First and last mile: emerging autonomous public transport

6. First and last mile: emerging autonomous public transport

Mobility solutions provider NAVYA demonstrated the fully autonomous ARMA shuttle at London Heathrow Airport for the first time in the UK, and Intelligent Transport questioned whether autonomous vehicles can complete the transport jigsaw in populous towns and cities.

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Top six predictions for transport in 2018

5. Six developments we can expect in the transport sector in 2018

Johan Herrlin, CEO of Ito World, predicts how 2018 will further innovate public transportation.

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Greyhound announces partnership with Google Maps

4. Greyhound announces partnership with Google Maps

Greyhound announced a partnership with Google Maps that allows customers to plan trips more efficiently, and seamlessly connect to Greyhound schedules and other transit options. Customers can now personalise their travel by exploring routes and locations at a street-level view, planning connections with other modes of transportation, and get walking directions from various transit locations.

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3. Top Five Smart Cities

As smarter travel takes hold and digitalisation alters passenger expectations, experiences and mobility across the world, we celebrated the launch of Intelligent Transport by looking into some of the top smart technologies currently being implemented, as well as those that are being planned, around the world and, in no particular order, picked our top five smart cities.

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More cities in Europe turning to electric buses says report

2. More cities in Europe turning to electric buses finds report

The ZeEUS eBus Report – part of the Zero Emission Urban Bus System project – found 19 public transport operators and authorities, covering around 25 European cities, have published an e-bus strategy for 2020. According to the UITP, by this date, there should be more than 2,500 electric buses operating in these cities, representing 6 percent of their total fleet of 40,000.

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City public transportation developments in India

1. City public transportation developments in India

India, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, is achieving a growth rate of 7.5 per cent per annum. With a growing population too, the country is working hard to transform itself over the next few decades. Improving public transportation is high on the agenda and Jaspal Singh, Head of the UITP India Office, writes that although private-vehicle ownership in India is growing and therefore causing major congestion problems in cities, there are plans to revamp bus systems and invest in metro networks.

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One response to “Year in review: Top 25 posts of 2017”

  1. PrimeEdge says:

    Nice collection of all the important updates in transport industry. Good job. Intelligent transport system is becoming very popular and essential now.

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